YWMConventionThe Your Weight Matters National Convention is the largest National meeting dedicated to providing evidence-based strategies for individuals impacted by excess weight and obesity, proudly brought to you OAC. As a National non-profit organization, the OAC is dedicated to helping the millions of Americans impacted by excess weight and obesity through education, advocacy and support.

The OAC’s National Convention is a 3-day educational event designed to bring together all individuals who struggle or are concerned with weight-related issues. The entire weekend is dedicated to presenting a comprehensive agenda, comprised of diverse topics that are designed to help any individual who has ever had a concern about their weight. We bring-in the country’s leading experts on weight and health and give you the RIGHT tools to be successful in your lifelong journey with weight.

The OAC’s National Convention is committed to:

  • Presenting more than 50 educational topics, from the basics of nutrition and available treatment options for weight, to behavioral health issues like food addiction and the science behind willpower
  • Bringing-in the country’s leading experts on weight and health, dedicated to presenting evidence-based information
  • Incorporating a strong fitness component, offering an array of group fitness classes designed for all abilities
  • Creating a strong community and the ideal environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice
  • Conducting a National Advocacy Training Day where we train our next set of advocates to go to Capitol Hill
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The National Convention welcomes individuals from all over the country to come and find the education and community that you’ve been looking for. YWM2014 is expected to have more than 400 attendees!

What’s unique about the OAC’s Convention is that there is literally something everyone. Whether you are interested in learning the basics, are a post-op bariatric surgery patient or are a support-person to someone who is affected, you will find an array of topics presented. If you are filled with a fire to learn more about your weight and health, or if you are looking for that one place to come and connect with others along the same journey, then the OAC’s Convention is the place for you!

YWM2013 Convention Invitational Video

The OAC is often asked, "What is the Convention like?" This questions can often times be difficult to answer as Convention represents so much to so many individuals. In 2013, the OAC developed an invitational video providing the general public with a better understanding of Convention and all it has to offer those interested in attending. Below, please find the invitational video:

Your Weight Matters National Convention
Planning Committee

Much of the success of our Inaugural Convention last year is credited toward the dynamic team working on each and every detail of the meeting. The OAC is fortunate to have the support of an amazing group of volunteers who generously give their time, talents and expertise to make the Convention an experience you won’t forget. Our volunteers take great pride in their role in the Convention and truly believe in the cause and helping others. It is with great pride that we introduce our team of volunteers whom make this effort possible:

Convention Planning Committee

Amber Huett-Garcia, BS, MPA, Convention Committee Chair
Michelle Vicari, Convention Committee Co-Chair
Robert Kushner, MD, Program Co-chair
Lloyd Stegemann, MD, FASMBS, Program Co-chair
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Kristy Kuna
Holly F. Lofton, MD
Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN
Rob Portinga
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP

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